When it comes to understanding the leadership needs of the San Diego region, no one is better equipped than Vicky Carlson.
The President and CEO of LEAD San Diego since August 2010, Carlson had served on the LEAD board since 2004 and served in several capacities before taking on the CEO role.
Carlson came to LEAD with nearly two decades of business experience, most recently as President and Owner of Office Pavilion San Diego, a Herman Miller furniture dealership.
Her career started in Denver, CO after graduating from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After starting out as a receptionist in a furniture dealership, she used that experience to work her way up to owning her own company.
Carlson has received the WMBE Supplier of the Year Award (Class III) from the Greater San Diego Business Development Council, the Athena Pinnacle Award, and the San Diego Business Journal's "Women Who Mean Business" Award. In 2005, she completed the Management Development for Entrepreneurs program at Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
Carlson currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary for the San Diego Film Foundation. She has also served on the boards of Voices for Children The California Women’s Conference, serving at the pleasure of First Lady Maria Shriver. She is active on many other local committees and boards.